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Need help on brakesBiker tim
Aug 3, 2001 9:13 PM
i need a good set of brake on for my cross and in dont like using a travel agent with V's so any would be help full. right now i am not using STI, i am using bar end shifters and i think that i will use them in the future. thanks
re: Need help on brakesPogliaghi
Aug 3, 2001 11:58 PM
If you want to go the canti route, you can try Redline. I hear they have lots of power and will work with Shimano Aero road levers. Available at Excel Sports, hint use the "browse by brand" pull down menu.

If you want to go the V-brake route try DiaTech aka Diacompe:
Diatech 287V Road Brake Levers, specifically designed for v-brakes

Cheapest price, and where I bought mine: Gaerlan's $39.95/pair

Also available from Lickton's for $51.95
v-brakes w/ drop barsPogliaghi
Aug 4, 2001 12:06 AM
v-brakes w/ drop barsBAM
Aug 4, 2001 6:39 AM
Interesting page. I have many customers using travel agents on older mountian bikes and have never heard of a cable breaking, but the way the cable runs inside the agents pulley if the edge is not smooth it can. Also don`t use braided brake cables, the have too much give (flex) and tend to negate what the travel agent does. Works well with standard brake cables, but I chose not to use them on my Surly simply because I don`t like the bulky appearance. I went with the 287v levers combined with XTR vbrakes. They work well but have a softer feel than mtb vbrake levers, but they still stop as well and I have 2-3 mm between the pads and rim.
v-brakes w/ drop barsJan Gerrit Klok
Aug 4, 2001 11:14 AM
I believe Tektro makes shorter V's for road use.
And I just finished building my spare bike, a Sunn Cycloss. It has Avid Ahorty 5.0's on it, the cheapest in their line. The short test-run was quite impressive.
The pro's often use Spooky-brakes(.nl) or Empella. Spooky's are on my race crosser, but because of use of carbon rims I'm not quite sure about their stopping power.
Please keep me up-to date with good brakes that are actually available, I have some very demanding customers as well...

Greeting from Holland,

Jan Gerrit
Tektro Mini VsMichael Y.
Aug 7, 2001 10:00 AM
I use Tectro Mini Vs on my Surly Cross Check. I paid $12.99 for them at Bike Parts USA:

I a big heavy rider and think they stop great. My 105 STI levers provide enough cable pull for them. I have no tire clearance problems. I am using Ritchey Speed Max 30mm on them. I think you could get away with a 35 but not much more. Great brake for the money.
drop bars and brakesToast
Aug 5, 2001 9:58 PM
hey. i'm planning on building up a bike over christmas and the page which has helped me choose was this one... he seems to cover most (if not all) of the options.

i'm thinking of going with the strange brakes (linked to on the above site) or with spooky brakes...

apologies if this pages is html laden garbage, if so i'll try again. take care. mark.